HCD SME Talent Programme for SMEs

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Companies keen to offer structured On-the-Job (OJT) training and mentorship to fresh graduates from polytechnics or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) can turn to the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP). Click here for more information on ELP.



Are you a small and medium enterprise (SME) looking to attract young local talents from universities, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE)? The SME Talent Programme (STP) offers up to 70% funding support to help you defray the cost of the monthly stipend when you engage students through internships.

To make your internships meaningful for students, your programme should have mentoring opportunities with supervisors, as well as structured learning objectives based on requirements set by the respective educational institution.

A summary of the programme and funding support is available in the factsheet here (pdf, 564KB).



You can engage a pool of young talent at an early stage. Interns may also be a part of your hiring strategy and can be offered job opportunities in your company when they graduate.



SMEs are eligible for up to 70% funding support to defray the cost of the internship stipend. Here is the minimum amount you should pay interns:

  • At least S$800 a month for ITE and polytechnic students
  • At least S$1,000 a month for university students

Tip: Engaging a SkillsFuture Mentor to support your supervisors will ensure a positive internship experience for students.



SMEs should meet the following criteria:

  • At least 30% local shareholding
  • Group annual turnover of up to S$100 million OR group employment size of up to 200 workers
  • Offer potential career opportunities with a clear job description and career progression path
  • Possess sound Human Resource processes
  • Willing to participate in Enterprise Singapore's Human Resource Maturity Diagnostics (HRMD) to facilitate future capability upgrading

Approach the following Approved-in-Principle (AIP) partners to apply for this programme. The STP AIP partners will assess and qualify SMEs, and will play an active role in matching suitable student interns to the participating SMEs.

The STP AIP Partners may be contacted for more information about the programme, eligibility and application process.

STP AIP Partner Contact Number Email address / Address

Action Community for Entrepreneurship


Email: stp@ace.org.sg

79 Ayer Rajah Crescent
JTC Launchpad@one-north
#01-13 Singapore 139955
Attn: Zack Li, SME Talent Programme

Association of Small and Medium Enterprises

6513 0354

Email: smetalent@asme.org.sg

167 Jalan Bukit Merah
Connection One Tower 4
Singapore 150167
Attn: Ng Jingyan, SME Talent Programme

Restaurant Association of Singapore

6479 7723

Email: adelyn.choo@ras.org.sg

2985 Jalan Bukit Merah
Singapore 159457
Attn: Adelyn Choo, SME Talent Programme

Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association

6221 2438

Email: maxhu@sfma.org.sg

9 Jurong Town Hall Road,
Singapore 609431
Attn: Max Hu, SME Talent Programme

Singapore Manufacturing Federation

6826 3141

Email: enquiry.stp@smfederation.org.sg

2985 Jalan Bukit Merah
Singapore 159457
Attn: Alex Wong, SME Talent Programme

Singapore Retailers Association

6360 0192

Email: sean@sra.org.sg

1 Coleman Street, #05-11B,
The Adelphi
Singapore 179803
Attn: Sean Lee, SME Talent Programme


6653 8827

Email: sheemin@sgtech.org.sg

79 Ayer Rajah Crescent,
Singapore 139955
Attn: Wong Shee Min, SME Talent Programme


Application Process

To apply for STP, companies would need to go through a 2-phase application process:

Phase 1: Application to be a Participating Company on STP

Step 1: Create an account on STPNet

  • Create an account using your CorpPass login
  • Ensure that you have authorised the relevant personnel to perform transactions on STPNet on CorpPass

Step 2: Complete STP company application and upload supporting documents

  • Complete the full STP company application form
    • Company details (i.e. Company Description, Group Employment Size, Holding Company and Subsidiaries Details)
    • Details of company’s HR processes
  • Select a suitable STP partner of your choice
  • Attach required documents

    *Please prepare the following mandatory documents before you proceed:
    • ACRA (within six months)
    • Latest Financial Statements (within 18 months)

Step 3: Receive an email confirmation on the outcome of your application

  • If your application is successful, you will receive an email informing you that your company is now approved under STP
  • You will now be eligible to apply for STP grant support for the approved period
    • Click here for a detailed step-by-step guide to apply to be a STP approved company

Step 4: Obtain Internship Placement

  • Contact the relevant Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) for an internship placement
    • Click here for a compiled listing of IHL contact points for internship placements

Phase 2: Application for STP Grant

Step 1: Prepare all the necessary supporting documents (at least seven working days before internship commencement date)

*Please prepare the following mandatory documents for each intern before you proceed (documents are to be in PDF, DOC, XLS, XLSX formats for upload to STPNet):

  • A Copy of the Internship Placement Letter/Email (issued by the school) with the following details:
    • Company Name
    • Intern’s Name and NRIC
    • Internship duration (Including start and end date)
    • Internship monthly stipend aligned to STP (Internship) terms (Minimum $800 per month for ITE and polytechnic students and minimum $1,000 per month for university students)
  • Copy of the NRIC (front and back) of each intern
  • Intern’s year of study and current semester
  • Intern’s contact number and email address

Step 2: Log in to STPNet via your CorpPass account

Step 3: Complete student internship application and upload supporting documents

  • Ensure that all the required supporting documents and details are included in your application to avoid delays
    • Click here for the Quick User Guide on how to make an internship application on STPNet.

Step 4: Acceptance of Letter of Offer (LOF)

  • If your internship placement is approved, you will receive a notification email with a Letter of Offer (LOF) attached
  • Log in to STPNet and accept the LOF if you are agreeable to the terms and conditions of the internship offer and print the confirmation receipt for your future reference.
  • Please inform your interns in advance that they would need to obtain their SingPass account details to login to the joinsme portal to complete an online student feedback by the end of the internship
  • You must ensure that each intern completes the online student feedback form by the end of the internship or you WILL NOT be able to submit your STP internship claim

Click here for a step by step guide to apply for the SME Talent Programme.
Click here for the Quick User Guide on how to make an internship application on STPNet.


Claims Process

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Claim Documents

*Note: You will not be able to submit your claims until (1) you have accepted the LOF and (2) all your interns have completed the online Student Feedback.

  • Please prepare the following mandatory documents for each intern for your internship claim (documents are to be in PDF, DOC, XLS, XLSX formats for upload to STPNet):
    • Payslips of all claimable months
    • Company bank statement of any claimable month
    • Student internship report (i.e. Internship report submitted to school or write-up from the student on key learning points and experience from internship)
    • GIRO form (signed) (pdf, 225KB )
      (Hardcopy to be mailed to 1 Fusionopolis Walk, #01-02 South Tower, Solaris Singapore 138628, Attn: Eve Poh, Finance Department if this is your first time making a claim or if you intend to change your bank account for the crediting of approved STP (Internship) claims)
    • Completed Company Feedback PDF e-form - softcopy
      (Also downloadable when you log in STPNet to submit your claims)
    • Ensure that your intern has completed the online Student Feedback
      (Click here for the Quick User Guide to submit a student feedback – for interns)

Step 2: Complete Online STP Claim

  • Log in to STPNet via CorpPass to complete your online STP claim
  • Click here for the Quick User Guide on how to submit an internship claim on STPNet

Step 3: Monitor Claim Status

  • Ensure that you provide the relevant additional supporting documents or clarifications if required

Step 4: Receive Claim Approval Confirmation

  • If your claim is successful, you will receive an email notification

What happens after I’ve submitted my claims?

  • An Enterprise Singapore officer will be evaluating your claim and you will be notified if we require clarification and/or provision of additional supporting documents.

What happens if I am unable to submit my claims on time?

  • All claims must be submitted within six months from the end of the qualifying period as stated in the Letter of Offer for it to be valid. If you are unable to submit your claims on time, you may request for a one-time extension via the STPNet online portal. Extension requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Click here for information on submitting your claims for the SME Talent Programme.
Click here for the Quick User Guide on how to make an internship claim on STPNet.


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